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The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Preview (North American Edition)

18 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert
  • Publication Date: June 19, 2018

The best part of owning a physical copy of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is in reading how all the lore from the video games ties together by being able to flip back and forth to the references to other sections. This work sadly does not include Breath of the Wild because it was originally published in Japan last year, at the same time the game made its release. It’s safe to assume an addendum will happen. In the meantime, for fans of the games prior, there are 332 pages of goodness to digest. It completes the Goddess Collection—Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts. If the Tri-Force symbol needs its centre to be filled, a fourth volume is inevitable.

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Bringing Ethel and Ernest to Animated Life, A Movie Review

14 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ethel and Ernest (voiced by Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn) is a very nostalgic and sentimental animated film about these two individuals. It has an illustrative style reminiscent of Tintin. Based on the graphic novel of the same name written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, this product certainly brings to life the ragtime era of Edwardian London in its opening act. Technically, the year is 1928 and all of this era’s sublime and romantic nature is the highlight. The music is recreated in its vintage glory and it steals the show. I was happily humming along.

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The Founder does not Flounder the History of McDonald’s

20 Jan

cezgbkauyaa20xxBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The world can either love McDonald’s or hate this fast food franchise chain even more after watching The Founder.

Myself, I find myself in the position of thinking this company had a huge share of problems when Ray Kroc was in charge during this company’s heydays. The fictional version is wonderfully and perfectly played by Michael Keaton. He oozes sleaze and I kept on being reminded of Donald Trump. When Kroc saw the potential of what Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald — the true innovators — tiny operation could do: to provide fast food in a timely and tasty manner. Their expertise set the standards other operations now imitate and nobody can patent the assembly line process (If they could, I’m sure they’d be raking in the dough). Instead of having an expansive menu, they provided the basics and the people of San Bernardino, California loved it.

Kroc was a struggling travelling salesman working for a manufacturer of kitchen aids, Prince Castle. As the story introduces him trying to sell milkshake makers that can churn out eight of them at a time, nobody was interested. His shtick was to show them how progress has to be handled through efficiency. But his snide tactics had many a restaurateur closing the door on him. When a large order came from the McDonald’s operation, he drove all the way from Illinois (using route 66) to see what’s up. When he got there, he saw the potential of how the brother’s operation can become nation-wide.

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Delving into Chile’s Dark History in Colonia

25 Apr

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Please check local listings for its limited engagements in theaters in USA and Canada.

Emma Watson must love taking on challenging roles to show her growth as an actress. In the film, Colonia, she’s a flight attendant who gets caught up in a political upheaval which took place in Santiago, Chile. The democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown by a coup d’état in 1973. The dictatorship was headed by General Augusto Pinochet. Equal parts history, romance, and thriller, just exactly what kind of film this is meant to be needs an introduction by German director and co-writer Florian Gallenberger. An inter-title with a quote from a Chilean poet would have set the tone better than witnessing two lovers crossing paths at the worst time possible in this country’s history.

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